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September 10, 2010


Area instructors take part in Cowley’s Lab Apparatus Skills and Safety (CLASS) Workshop


lab safetyLooking to add some class to their science class, seven high school Instructors from the surrounding
area and one Cowley College adjunct Instructor took part in a one day “Cowley Lab Apparatus Skills and Safety Workshop” Friday at Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City.
The workshop, which was designed to enhance instructor’s knowledge of lab safety and techniques, consisted of a morning lab safety training session and an afternoon lab techniques workshop.
Natural Science Department Chair, Michelle Schoon, said the idea for the workshop came from a department action project to provide lab safety training to secondary and post secondary science instructors, with the goal of improving relationships with area USD’s and providing a safe lab experience for students.
“We are pleased with the participation of those in attendance,” Schoon said. “It is a great opportunity to show the knowledge and professionalism of the science instructors employed by Cowley College.”
Attending the workshop were: Don Seaton, West Elk High School; Janeen Axtell, Andover Central High School; Abbi Huber, Clearwater High School; Lori Mayden, Newkirk High School; Marcus Neal, Caldwell High School; Ywain Zimmerman, Kingman High School; Twaila Wiley, South Haven High School, and Joy Tessmer, adjunct science instructor at Cowley College.
Natural Science Department instructor, April Nittler, and Natural Science Department secretary, Marcia Cales, began the morning by welcoming and registering the instructors.
Pam Smith, a member of LSI (The Lab Safety Institute) and a 15 year chemistry lab instructor and chemical storeroom manager at Cowley College led the lab safety training portion of the workshop.
Lunch was provided and there was a round table discussion at Napoli’s.
The afternoon sessions included Electrophoresis (Scott Layton), Physics Apparatus (Melinda Neal), Logger Pro (Scott Layton), and Chromatography (Michelle Schoon). The instructors had a choice of attending two of these sessions.
For more information on classes offered through Cowley College’s Natural Science Department, contact 620-441-5594.